Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Temple of Dawn, Thailand

Going over to a different part of the world, a beautiful card from my French postcard fairy....

the card shows The Temple of Dawn, or Wat Arun, which was built in 17th century on the bank of Chao Phraya River. The main feature of Wat Arun is its central prang (Khmer-style tower) which is encrusted with colourful porcelain.This is interpreted as a stupa-like pagoda encrusted with coloured faience.[6] The height is reported by different sources as between 66.8 m and 86 m. The corners are surrounded by four smaller satellite prang. The prang are decorated by seashells and bits of porcelain which had previously been used as ballast by boats coming to Bangkok from China.
The central prang symbolises Mount Meru of the Hindu cosmology. The satellite prang are devoted to the wind god, Phra Phai. The demons (yaksha) at the entranceway to the ubosot are from the Ramakien.

the stamp on the right was issued in 2014, as part of the 3 New Year stamps...the other one was issued in 2010, featuring H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej (King Rama IX).

Thank you so much JP!!

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